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Third person singular
- (transitive) If you bind something put rope or string around it, often many times.
- She tied the rope around their hands, binding them tightly together.
- He bound the books with string and carried them downstairs.
- (transitive) If something binds two people or things, it connects them.
- Now that he couldn't walk, he was bound to his nurse.
- (transitive), (usually passive) If someone is bound by a rule, promise, etc., they must not break it.
- The media are not bound by the same rules that govern lawyers.
- When they join the European Union, they will have to agree to be bound by the European Convention on Human Rights.
- The president is not bound to sign any law that Congress sends up.
- (transitive & intransitive) If two things bind, they stick together.
- Carbon binds with oxygen to form carbon dioxide.
- (transitive) If you bind a book, you put it together so the pages stay together.
- (countable) A bind is a difficult position or situation.
- I've lost my job and I'm in a terrible bind.